Councils urged to reform care fees

    A coalition of older people’s charities and pressure groups have
    called for all councils to develop funding models that better
    reflect the cost of providing residential and nursing care.

    Rather than setting standardised care fees for all residents, the
    Fair Rate for Care for Older People coalition – which includes Help
    the Aged, the English Community Care Association and the National
    Care Forum – believe models should be developed locally that match
    an allocation of funding to the “true” cost of an individual’s
    care.

    “The level of fees paid for residential care are a constant thorn
    in all sides. The long-term solution must lie in agreeing a
    rigorous funding model that is accepted by all stakeholders as
    fair,” its discussion paper says.

    Other solutions it suggests are for local authorities that develop
    long-term contractual arrangements with providers who deliver the
    best care to be given extra government funding. Long-term
    partnering arrangements could help “breakdown previous
    misconceptions” it adds. 

    – From www.helptheaged.org.uk

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